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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920074/a-critical-appraisal-of-aspirin-in-secondary-prevention-is-less-more
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Giuseppe Gargiulo, Stephan Windecker, Pascal Vranckx, Charles Michael Gibson, Roxana Mehran, Marco Valgimigli
Aspirin represents the sine qua non for antiplatelet pharmacotherapy in patients with cardiovascular diseases because of its well-established role in secondary prevention and its widespread availability and affordability. Historical studies, conducted in an era that bears little resemblance to contemporary clinical practice, demonstrated large reductions in thrombotic risk when aspirin was compared with placebo, thus forming the evidence base promulgated in practice guidelines and recommendations. P2Y12 inhibitors have mostly been studied in addition to aspirin; dual-antiplatelet therapy proved superiority compared with aspirin monotherapy for the prevention of ischemic events, despite increased bleeding risks...
December 6, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918253/placental-growth-factor-alone-or-in-combination-with-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-an-aid-to-the-assessment-of-women-with-suspected-pre-eclampsia-systematic-review-and-economic-analysis
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Geoff K Frampton, Jeremy Jones, Micah Rose, Liz Payne
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) prediction based on blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine, symptoms and laboratory test abnormalities can result in false-positive diagnoses. This may lead to unnecessary antenatal admissions and preterm delivery. Blood tests that measure placental growth factor (PlGF) or the ratio of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) to PlGF could aid prediction of PE if either were added to routine clinical assessment or used as a replacement for proteinuria testing...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915384/male-infertility-following-inguinal-hernia-repair-a-systematic-review-and-pooled-analysis
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REVIEW
A Kordzadeh, M O Liu, N V Jayanthi
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this systematic review is to establish the clinical impact of open (mesh and/or without mesh) and laparoscopic hernia repair (transabdominal pre-peritoneal (TAP) and/or totally extra-peritoneal (TEP)) on male fertility. The incidence of male infertility following various types of inguinal hernia repair is currently unknown. The lack of high-quality evidence has led to various speculations, suggestions and reliance on anecdotal experience in the clinical practice...
December 3, 2016: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914746/a-critical-appraisal-of-the-mild-axonal-peripheral-neuropathy-of-late-neurologic-lyme-disease
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REVIEW
Gary P Wormser, Franc Strle, Eugene D Shapiro, Raymond J Dattwyler, Paul G Auwaerter
In older studies, a chronic distal symmetric sensory neuropathy was reported as a relatively common manifestation of late Lyme disease in the United States. However, the original papers describing this entity had notable inconsistencies and certain inexplicable findings, such as reports that this condition developed in patients despite prior antibiotic treatment known to be highly effective for other manifestations of Lyme disease. More recent literature suggests that this entity is seen rarely, if at all. A chronic distal symmetric sensory neuropathy as a manifestation of late Lyme disease in North America should be regarded as controversial and in need of rigorous validation studies before acceptance as a documented clinical entity...
November 12, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914190/culturally-competent-patient-provider-communication-in-the-management-of-cancer-an-integrative-literature-review
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Ottilia Brown, Wilma Ten Ham-Baloyi, Dalena Rm van Rooyen, Colleen Aldous, Leonard Charles Marais
BACKGROUND: Managing cancer in a multicultural environment poses several challenges, which include the communication between the patient and the healthcare provider. Culture is an important consideration in clinical care as it contributes to shaping patients' health-related values, beliefs, and behaviours. This integrative literature review gathered evidence on how culturally competent patient-provider communication should be delivered to patients diagnosed with cancer. DESIGN: Whittemore and Knafl's approach to conducting an integrative literature review was used...
2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912938/complementary-and-alternative-medicine-for-lowering-blood-lipid-levels-a-systematic-review-of-systematic-reviews
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REVIEW
Paul Posadzki, Abdullah M N AlBedah, Mohamed M K Khalil, Meshari S AlQaed
BACKGROUND: The aim of this article is to summarize and critically evaluate the evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for lowering blood lipid levels (BLL). METHODS: Eight electronic databases were searched until March 2016. Additionally, all the retrieved references were inspected manually for further relevant papers. Systematic reviews were considered eligible, if they included patients of any age and/or gender with elevated blood lipid levels using any type of CAM...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909367/ethics-and-community-based-rehabilitation-eight-ethical-questions-from-a-review-of-the-literature
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Stephen Clarke, Jessica Barudin, Matthew Hunt
Purpose: This article reviews the literature regarding ethics and community-based rehabilitation (CBR) with the goal of identifying and analyzing ethical considerations associated with this approach. Method: We conducted a critical interpretive review of the academic literature related to CBR in low- and middle-income countries and to indigenous communities in high-income countries. Using an inductive analysis of the collected articles, we identified five key topic areas related to ethical considerations. We then critically appraised this literature and developed eight questions that reflect areas of ethical tension, uncertainty, or debate...
2016: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907956/intensive-care-management-of-the-endovascular-stroke-patient
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Julian Bösel
Acute ischemic stroke caused by the occlusion of large brain vessels can be treated effectively by mechanical thrombectomy, as proved by recent strong and consistent evidence from high-quality randomized trials. This new era of endovascular stroke treatment, however, poses particular challenges that go far beyond the so far gold standard of intravenous thrombolysis alone. Because these stroke patients usually present with severe neurologic deficits, may be unstable from cardiac or pulmonary instability, have to endure an invasive intervention of sometimes long duration, may suffer complications and require close postinterventional follow-up, they often demand intensive care measures...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905006/guidelines-on-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-emergency-department-a-critical-appraisal
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Giorgio Costantino, Gian Marco Podda, Lorenzo Falsetti, Primiano Iannone, Ana Lages, Alberto M Marra, Maristella Masala, Olaug Marie Reiakvam, Florentia Savva, Jan Schovanek, Sjoerd van Bree, Inês João da Silva Chora, Graziella Privitera, Silvio Ragozzino, Matthias von Rotz, Lycke Woittiez, Christopher Davidson, Nicola Montano
Several guidelines often exist on the same topic, sometimes offering divergent recommendations. For the clinician, it can be difficult to understand the reasons for this divergence and how to select the right recommendations. The aim of this study is to compare different guidelines on the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), and provide practical and affordable advice on its management in the acute setting. A PubMed search was performed in May 2014 to identify the three most recent and cited published guidelines on AF...
November 30, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903667/experiences-of-noninvasive-ventilation-in-adults-with-hypercapnic-respiratory-failure-a-review-of-evidence
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REVIEW
Hamadziripi Ngandu, Nichola Gale, Jane B Hopkinson
Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has been shown to be beneficial for patients with respiratory failure; however, many patients fail to tolerate it and require other interventions. The objective of this thematic synthesis was to describe the nature of NIV experiences in adults with hypercapnic respiratory failure. A systematic, computerised literature search of English-language databases was undertaken with no restriction on date of publication. A total of 99 papers was identified and screened for eligibility from databases including CINAHL, Medline and PsycINFO, and some were hand searched...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903565/improving-care-for-heart-failure-patients-in-primary-care-gps-perceptions-a-qualitative-evidence-synthesis
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Miek Smeets, Sara Van Roy, Bert Aertgeerts, Mieke Vermandere, Bert Vaes
OBJECTIVES: General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in heart failure (HF) management. Despite multiple guidelines, the management of patients with HF in primary care is suboptimal. Therefore, all the qualitative evidence concerning GPs' perceptions of managing HF in primary care was synthesised to identify barriers and facilitators for optimal care, and ideas for improvement. DESIGN: Qualitative evidence synthesis. METHODS: Searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science and CINAHL databases up to 20/12/2015 were conducted...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902949/use-of-simulation-based-learning-in-undergraduate-nurse-education-an-umbrella-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Robyn P Cant, Simon J Cooper
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic review to appraise and review evidence on the impact of simulation-based education for undergraduate/pre-licensure nursing students, using existing reviews of literature. DESIGN: An umbrella review (review of reviews). DATA SOURCES: Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHLPlus), PubMed, and Google Scholar. STUDY SELECTION: Reviews of literature conducted between 2010 and 2015 regarding simulation-based education for pre-licensure nursing students...
November 22, 2016: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900749/-efficacy-of-ultrasound-guided-peripheral-intravenous-access-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Chia-Chi Kuo, Chen-Yun Wu, I-Jung Feng, Wei-Jing Lee
BACKGROUND: Peripheral intravenous access is a common, invasive procedure that is performed in clinical practice. Difficult intravenous access may not only jeopardize patient safety but also increase staff stress, nursing hours, and material costs. PURPOSE: To explore the efficacy of ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous access in difficult intravenous-access patients and in the two subgroups of adult patients and pediatric patients using systematic review and meta-analysis...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900641/cardiovascular-pet-mr-we-need-evidence-not-hype
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EDITORIAL
Afshin Farzaneh-Far, Raymond Y Kwong
Recent introduction of hybrid positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) scanners has created excitement regarding potential applications in cardiovascular medicine. This has led to a number of optimistic assessments of its potential value in the nuclear cardiology literature, although most published data are still at the feasibility or pre-clinical level. Such excitement is understandable and provides "fuel" for generation of the necessary clinical validation studies, which will be required. Given the current scrutiny from payers and government agencies to reduce the costs of cardiac imaging, the responsibility for showing additive benefit lies on the shoulders of those advocating for new, more expensive technologies...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899914/how-useful-are-monogenic-rodent-models-for-the-study-of-human-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#15
REVIEW
Jake P Mann, Robert K Semple, Matthew J Armstrong
Improving understanding of the genetic basis of human non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has the potential to facilitate risk stratification of affected patients, permit personalized treatment, and inform development of new therapeutic strategies. Animal models have been widely used to interrogate the pathophysiology of, and genetic predisposition to, NAFLD. Nevertheless, considerable interspecies differences in intermediary metabolism potentially limit the extent to which results can be extrapolated to humans...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899341/quality-of-mobile-phone-and-tablet-mobile-apps-for-speech-sound-disorders-protocol-for-an-evidence-based-appraisal
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Lisa M Furlong, Meg E Morris, Shane Erickson, Tanya A Serry
BACKGROUND: Although mobile apps are readily available for speech sound disorders (SSD), their validity has not been systematically evaluated. This evidence-based appraisal will critically review and synthesize current evidence on available therapy apps for use by children with SSD. OBJECTIVE: The main aims are to (1) identify the types of apps currently available for Android and iOS mobile phones and tablets, and (2) to critique their design features and content using a structured quality appraisal tool...
November 29, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899141/relationship-between-surgeon-volume-and-outcomes-a-systematic-review-of-systematic-reviews
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Johannes Morche, Tim Mathes, Dawid Pieper
BACKGROUND: The surgeon volume-outcome relationship has been discussed for many years and its existence or nonexistence is of importance for various reasons. A lot of empirical work has been published on it. We aimed to summarize systematic reviews in order to present current evidence. METHODS: Medline, Embase, Cochrane database of systematic reviews (CDSR), and health technology assessment websites were searched up to October 2015 for systematic reviews on the surgeon volume-outcome relationship...
November 29, 2016: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898180/apical-negative-pressure-irrigation-versus-syringe-irrigation-a-systematic-review-of-cleaning-and-disinfection-of-the-root-canal-system
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REVIEW
E Konstantinidi, Z Psimma, L E Chávez de Paz, C Boutsioukis
The aim of this study was to systematically review and critically analyse the published data on the treatment outcome (primary outcome) and on the cleaning and disinfection of root canals (secondary outcomes) achieved by negative pressure irrigation as compared to syringe irrigation. An electronic search was conducted in EMBASE, LILACS, Pubmed, SciELO, Scopus, and Web of Knowledge using both free-text keywords and controlled vocabulary. Additional studies were sought through hand-searching of endodontic journals and of the relevant chapters of endodontic textbooks...
November 28, 2016: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895065/social-determinants-and-maternal-exposure-to-intimate-partner-violence-of-obstetric-patients-with-severe-maternal-morbidity-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Beatriz Paulina Ayala Quintanilla, Angela Taft, Susan McDonald, Wendy Pollock, Joel Christian Roque Henriquez
INTRODUCTION: Maternal mortality is a potentially preventable public health issue. Maternal morbidity is increasingly of interest to aid the reduction of maternal mortality. Obstetric patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) are an important part of the global burden of maternal morbidity. Social determinants influence health outcomes of pregnant women. Additionally, intimate partner violence has a great negative impact on women's health and pregnancy outcome. However, little is known about the contextual and social aspects of obstetric patients treated in the ICU...
November 28, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895025/medical-treatment-of-aortic-stenosis
#20
Guillaume Marquis-Gravel, Björn Redfors, Martin B Leon, Philippe Généreux
Untreated, severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis is associated with a dismal prognosis. The only treatment shown to improve survival is aortic valve replacement; however, before symptoms occur, aortic stenosis is preceded by a silent, latent phase characterized by a slow progression at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels. In theory, specific medical therapy should halt aortic stenosis progression, reduce its hemodynamic repercussions on left ventricular function and remodeling, and improve clinical outcomes...
November 29, 2016: Circulation
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